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Sunday, September 28, 2014

The perfect (?) trouser pattern Butterick 5682

So here is another pattern do over that was a must for me.  I need more work pants.  Not to brag, but I've lost 20 pounds since January and a lot of what I wore before simply doesn't fit.  And, what is a seamstress to do but pull out fabric and make pants!

This pattern is a repeat as I said before.  I previously made a pair of jeans but this time I decided I needed trousers.

One thing I love about repeating a pattern is tweaking the fit.  This pattern was no exception.  I had made a pair of jeans using my beloved Vogue 8774.  I've made this so many times the tissue is getting rather tattered and torn.  Here is a photo of my latest pair--which I am very proud of!

Next time Vogue has a big sale, I may have to pick up another copy!  So, back to this pattern. Butterick 5682.  Five different views are shown: Slim ankle length, straight leg, book cut, flared leg, and trouser.  I choose view E or the trouser.  This is listed as Easy and it is just that!

So.  What makes the trouser different from the jeans is of course the pocket styling on the front and back and the absence of a yoke back.  I made my usual 1/2" swayback adjustment which was just enough along with lengthening the pants by about an inch.  I added a double welt pocket to the back simply because I don't like plain backsides with my flat booty.  Another alteration I made was to fold out 3/4" on the back upper leg, just below the crotch line to eliminate those pesky puddles I get with patterns.  Know what?  It worked!  I need to remember this simple and easy alteration from now on, especially on trousers!

I used a creamy colored RPL or rayon, poly, and lycra.  I believe I purchased it from Emma One Sock earlier this summer.  This was a wonderful fabric to work with but if you are making a more structured garment, you'll need some extra support in the form of interfacing to keep the fabric from 'growing' around the details.  Let me explain.  I tried sewing the slanted pockets but they stretched out of shape and looked wonky.  I remedied this by using stay tape on the seamline which BTW worked beautifully!  It kept everything in check and perfect if I say so myself!

To give these pants a more casual vibe, I edgestitched along every seam on the right side of the fabric.  I also topstitched the hem.

I'm pretty happy with my pants.  My wardrobe needed these pants and I see more in my future!

Thanks for reading!
Sue :)


  1. Great pants! And congrats on the 20 pound weight loss. I need to do the same.

    1. Thanks Angela! Two words: weight watchers!

  2. Congrats on the weight loss.. The pants look great.. also great fit..

  3. Very nice looking pants! Way to go on the weight loss.